Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Sign Of The Holiday Season

With the approach of the Holiday Season, comes great anticipation of many of the "traditions" that I have created for our children over the past years. One of those is a visit to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the Gardenland Express. This year, we went with Bear and Belle as well as Uncle Hank and Sophie. Celebrating 150 of history for the Missouri Botanical Gardens, this year's theme was on more of a local level as opposed to the wintry/Christmas themes of years past.

The boys still loved looking at the trains and all of the decorations and because the weather was SO BEAUTIFUL on Friday, we even had a chance to walk around outside and enjoy the grounds for a bit before heading home.


Friday, November 27, 2009

HE has arrived!!!!


Oliver, our scout elf arrived this morning!

P.S. If you aren't familiar with a "Scout Elf" check them out HERE - they're every parents dream!!!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Thanksgiving Wish

From our family to yours.....we wish that God may bless you with peace, good health and abundance this Thanksgiving.

~ Tim, Libby, Jack & Mason


Monday, November 16, 2009


Friday night, Tim and I had the opportunity to go to a charity function for The Foundation for Children With Cancer. Held at The Tenderloin Room at The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, the night was themed as a Western Murder Mystery and as attendees, we were given "characters" to come as for the night.

A Traveler from the East and a Saloon girl were our assigned parts and I think we did a pretty good job dressing the part. Of course, Tim's costume took a little less effort than mine did and once I got over the "Oh my god, I have to dress up!!?!?" shock, I decided to embrace the idea and have fun with it. often do we, as adults, get the chance to dress up and pretend play? Not that often so I decided to just go with the flow.

We had a wonderful night and the event was for a wonderful cause. We didn't win the Grand Prize (which was a Wii) but Tim was pretty close with his guess as to who had commited the murder.

Thanks again to our friends Lisa and Bob for inviting us and for a wonderful evening of "Dress-Up".


Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Bunny With Spikes"

Yes, that is the title of this wonderful piece of artwork by Mason. "Bunny With Spikes". You should have heard me laugh when I read it the night I picked him up from school and his teacher handed me his work for the day! Not sure where the idea of it came from so I'm going to give him an A+ for creativity.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanks Aunt D!

How do you keep a 5 year old and a 3 1/2 year old busy for 15 minutes STRAIGHT? Send them a "decorate your own" Halloween card and let them go to work! They LOVED them and now proudly display their "artwork" on the book shelf in between their beds.

Thanks Aunt D! We love you bunches!


Friday, November 6, 2009


I knew that it was bound to come up SOMETIME. The boys asking for me to paint their finger nails or toe nails. Anyone who knows me well knows that every other Sunday is MOMMY TIME at the Nail Salon. In the Spring and Summer, it's nails and toes and Fall and Winter, just nails - it's just one of the things I do for myself.

Well, Tuesday, Mason comes home and his fingers are all green. I asked him what happened to his fingers and he said "Johnny has fingernail polish! I want fingernail polish!" {eek!} So I told him that we'd paint his finger nails sometime. "Green?" he said. "Yes Green, Mason" was my response.

He didn't let up. Kept asking and asking so yesterday at lunch I ventured over to Walgreens that's not too far from my office and purchased GREEN nailpolish. Can't say I've ever had a bottle of green nail polish before. Red, pink, coral, brown, black but not green! I figured, the inevitable came true!

And even Jack got in on the fun! His choice of color - my dark purple that looks black!

P.S. They have feet like their Father! Mine are much prettier!


Monday, November 2, 2009

The Crash After The High....

Friday night the boys and I spent 2 hours carving our Jack O'Lanterns and the excitement continued builidng towards the big night on Saturday. As soon as Jack realized that there was work involved with carving and decided that the "goo" inside the pumpkin was too messy for him to touch, he quickly lost interest but Mason stuck with me for the duration. A happy face and a haunted house were the choice Jack O'Lanterns for the year. We were all very happy with how they turned out!

Saturday we awoke to SUN!!! The weather was BEAUTIFUL here! All of the stars aligned and the sun was shining leading up to a beautiful evening of Trick Or Treating. The boys {as well as Tim and I} were thrilled beyond belief that umbrellas weren't going to be a required part of the Halloween costumes that had been so carefully picked out. As always, I was able to catch the required "Photo with Mommy prior to leaving the house" and then they were gone.

Returning after a quick 45 minute jaunt up and down the street their buckets were FULL of candy. Hershey bars, Kit Kats, Reeses....all of MY favorites! They oohed and ahhed at their haul and snacked until they were CUT OFF to prevent an excess sugar high as we called it a night about 9:00pm and turned off the lights to ward off any late comers.

Another successful {and fun} Halloween under our belts. Now we ration the candy on a daily basis and hope that it's gone before the next influx that is Christmas time.